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Start your countdown to Christmas with a visit to the Village Market on Dec 2nd, details below.    A limited number of tickets are still available for our Wine Tasting event, see below for details

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The Village Market will be on Saturday 2nd Dec with lots of stalls including wreaths and Christmas🎄items, and a Tombola with profits to Nelson’s Journey. Gwen would be grateful for any unwanted items for the Tombola and can be contacted on 550337 or 07788932646.

Well, what a movie! In November A Man Called Ove had us all variously in stitches 😂  and in tears 😭. In December Shotesham Screen presents The Ladykillers (1955),  a film about 5 diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery who rent rooms from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians, read the full review hereFriday 15th, 7.30 at Trinity Hall and tickets, as always, are £5 from Raz on 550122 or razwoollacott@gmail.com

Additional Christmas activities include our wine tasting, a kiddies Christmas party 🎉 on Wed 20th Dec and the traditional gathering round the Christmas tree🎄on Christmas Eve, and on ‘Old Year’s’ day take a walk 🚶🏻🐶with the group or a Fun Run 🏃🏼‍♀️for the more energetic! Read on for all the details.

Walking Group has walks planned on Sunday 29th Nov, Friday 8th Dec, and last one of the year on Sunday 31st Dec, see diary for details.       

Wine Tasting – As previously advertised. The SVA pre-Christmas event this year will be a wine🍷tasting on Sat 9th Dec the Trinity, 7.00 for 7.30. Whether you’re a connoisseur or a proverbial philistine, why not come along and join in an evening of fun. Taste 4 wines (if you need to spit them out, please bring your own spittoon😝), guess the country and the year, with bonus points for cheapest and most expensive!

Tickets are £7.50 per head, includes half a bottle of (assorted!) wine. Bring your own cheese and biscuits and whatever else takes your fancy (including any additional drinks🍷) as well as glasses and crockery. Tables of 8 so come as a group or join a table and meet your lovely village neighbours.

Tickets are limited so first come first served, and can be booked via Simon – 01508 558198 or ken – 550736. Proceeds to the All Saints Church Bells Project.


Following a successful event last year, this year’s Children’s Christmas Party will be on Wed 20th Dec. Make sure your youngsters don’t miss out, see here for details of how they can be there.

On 6pm on Christmas Eve everyone is once again invited to gather around the tree at All Saints Church for carol singing and bell ringing with mulled wine and mince pies. The highlight as always will be the children’s handbell ringing, and any children interested in taking part should contact Ted Burton at tedburton221@gmail.com or 07718066519. Rehearsals will be 3/12,10/12,17/12 at 3.00pm at Ted’s house & 24/12 at 5.30 in the church


We look forward to seeing you and don’t forget your torch. There will be a collection to be donated to East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) on behalf of Max Muntingh, a 10 year old fellow villager who had excellent support from EACH before he very sadly passed away in July after struggling with cancer. Please give generously for this very worthy cause.

Once again, the village (and friends) are invited to take part in the annual Shotesham Fun Run on New Years Eve. Runners of all ages and abilities can come along and see out 2017 with a 5 mile run around the village. Please meet at Shotesham All Saints Church at 10:30 to sign in, with the race starting at 11am. Please note this is a casual, free to enter fun run designed for families and friends of the village. For further details, please contact Matt Sykes – matt@mind-span.co.uk.

Christmas at Saxlingham Toddler and Baby Group click here for details. Also, any unwanted toys and bric a brac donations for their Christmas Fair on 6th Dec would be much appreciated. Drop off at the village hall on the morning of the 6th or anytime at Romany, Norwich Road, Saxlingham.

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Sad to report that some lead flashing has been stolen from the roof at the back of All Saints church, which follows the burglaries in September. We would ask everyone be vigilant and report any unusual activity, remembering that if you see anything suspicious you can immediately contact the police by calling 101 and they’ll do their best to respond asap. 

All Saints Bell Project. We are planning major improvements to the bells in All Saints church, click here for more information.

A beautiful image of a rainbow over St Mary’s taken around 7am on 9th of November, even though the owner, Jim Moore, apologises for the quality as he only had his mobile phone available! 


Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Some learning opportunities – Pick n Mix_bitesize learning_A42

Our local policeman is PC 1200 Stu Sansbury who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, Stu can be contacted on;

• Direct Dial to Poringland PS: 01603 276207  

Local policing November newsletter – Police Newsletter, Nov 17

August monthly report from Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner, click link.   http://mailchi.mp/norfolkpcc/your-monthly-roundup-hu9n1bctss?e=a405ee187e

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